Singer Josie Dunne has been added to the Dancing Rabbit Music Festival lineup.
Dunne is set to perform at the festival’s show scheduled for June 11 in downtown McAlester, with California band Stroke 9. The headliner for the June 11 show, which will be presented free to the public, is expected to be announced the next week.
Dancing Rabbit music festival association president Blake Lynch said the association was happy to add Dunne to the lineup. Like the other performers on the show, Dunne is scheduled to perform on an outdoor stage along Choctaw Avenue, between Third Street and Fifth Street.
“She probably has more current games than anyone we’ve had,” Lynch said, adding that Dunne gets a lot of games on Spotify and other formats. He also said she would bring something different to the Dancing Rabbit Music Festival series.
“We try to make sure everyone has music to listen to,” Lynch said. “It’s a female voice, the first we’ve had, so far.”
Blake considers Dunne an artist of the pop genre.
“We’ll see how McAlester reacts to having a real pop star in town,” he said.
Dunne is an artist based in Nashville. His most recent album is called “Tennis”. Some of his other releases include “Holidays”, “Talk About Love” and “Ooh La La”.
The June show is in addition to the show already scheduled for May 7 and another show in the works for July 16.
Artists booked for the May 7 show include headliners John Moreland and John Calvin Abney, as well as concert openers Travis Linville and Joe Pug. Alternative band Stroke 9 were the first band announced for the June 11 show, with Dunne now added as a second artist for the June event and the June headliner has yet to be announced.
Performers for the third Dancing Rabbit music concert scheduled for July 15 will begin the week following the announcement of all June performers.
Meanwhile, food vendors, including several food trucks, have confirmed plans to take part in Dancing Rabbit Music Festival events in May, June and July. A beer garden will also be available on site.
This marks the second year of the Dancing Rabbit Musical Festival series. Last year’s shows included concerts with Charlie Parr, John Fulllbright and Band of Heathens, with a special event in fall 2021 featuring Parker Millsap.
The Dancing Rabbit Music Festival is organized by the Dancing Rabbit Music Association, along with volunteers and sponsors who work together to bring live music back to McAlester through a series of free concerts and related activities.
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